Reset, Recover, Reopen

Day 3: 24th March

On day 3, we will be tackling the big issues. We’ll be looking back at Government actions and support during the pandemic; discussing the future of insurance, both for weddings and businesses; and welcoming an overview and ‘up next’ from the What about Weddings team.

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Government in the Pandemic: Lessons Learnt & Ongoing Support

A fascinating session looking back at Government policy and the events sector during the Pandemic. We will also address the roadmap, ongoing support & likely outcomes.

Panel Guests: Alex Thomas, Programme Director at the Institute for Government; Carl Creswell, Director at BEIS; Sarah Haywood, Wedding Planner and Spokesperson for the UK Wedding Task Force.

Moderated by Judicaelle Hammond, Director of Policy and Advice for the CLA.

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Government in the Pandemic: Lessons Learnt & Ongoing Support

Alex Thomas, Institute for Government

Alex is a programme director at the Institute for Government, leading work on policymaking and the civil service. He joined the IfG in 2020 as an experienced civil servant, most recently working as a director in the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), and before that as principal private secretary to Sir Jeremy Heywood, Cabinet Secretary and Head of the Civil Service.

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Government in the Pandemic: Lessons Learnt & Ongoing Support

Carl Creswell, BEIS

Carl is the Director responsible in BEIS for supporting the professional and business services sector, the retail sector, the pubs and restaurants sector, the consumer goods sector and for Post Office policy. He is also a joint SRO for diversity and inclusion in the Department.

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Government in the Pandemic: Lessons Learnt & Ongoing Support

Sarah Haywood, UK Wedding Task Force

Sarah Haywood is one of the world’s leading party planners and event designers; sought by luminaries, public figures, and international royalty. Sarah has been described as “the ultimate insider” by The Sunday Times, “Britain’s most sought-after wedding planner and an authority on multimillion-dollar weddings” by TIME magazine, and “one of the most highly-rated wedding planners in the world” by Paris Match.

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Government in the Pandemic: Lessons Learnt & Ongoing Support

Judicaelle Hammond, CLA

Judicaelle Hammond joined the Country Land and Business Association (CLA) as their Director of Policy and Advice in July 2019.

Her team delivers expert support and guidance to CLA members, develops CLA policy positions and innovative ideas, and works closely with rural and government stakeholders to inform new proposals.

Judicaelle was previously a senior civil servant and has over 20 years of experience in policy design and implementation at BEIS, Defra, HM Treasury, as well as the Food Standards Agency. She holds an MBA (Distinction) from Imperial College, London.

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Bringing Insurers Back in to the Fold

Our industry cannot move ahead without insurance but post-covid what does insurance cover post-pandemic? We help to answer your questions, bringing insurers back into the conversation.

Panel Guests: Will Johnson, Weatherby’s Hamilton; Amanda Harman, Head of Aon Estates Practice; JessIe Westwood, Studio Sorores and #whataboutweddings.

Moderated by Ben Cowell, Director General Historic Houses.

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Bringing Insurers Back in to the Fold

Will Johnson, Weatherbys Hamilton

Will joined Weatherbys Hamilton in 2015 after spells with the NFU in Lancaster and Howdens in London. He is the founder partner of the Penrith office and specialises in providing bespoke private client and farms and estates insurance.

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Bringing Insurers Back in to the Fold

Amanda Harman, Aon

Amanda has worked in the insurance world since leaving school, firstly as a medical underwriter, through National Farmers’ Union Group Secretary to Head of Aon Estates Practice (with brief sojourns into motherhood and running her own company interspersed)
Since joining Aon 8 years ago, her focus has been solely Country House Estates and the associated activities, such as agriculture, events etc., primarily owner-occupied

Since her three girls have grown up and moved out, she finds (a little) more time for other activities such as travelling and clay shooting, country walks and discovering new local shops (when restrictions allow)

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Bringing Insurers Back in to the Fold

Jessie Westwood, What About Weddings

Jessie Westwood is Director of Studio Sorores Ltd and has run her own high-end national wedding and event design, planning, production and floristry business for over 10 years.

She is also a thought-leading expert in PR, marketing and communications; advising leaders, CEO’s, the board of directors and businesses across creative and professional sectors globally.

A specialist in branding, storytelling, SEO and strategic growth, Jessie continues to offer independent and freelance consultancy, having previously spent many years working in house and through agencies for the corporate sector and graduating in law at City University in London.

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Risk! Readying for reopening

Ben Cowell OBE, Historic Houses

Ben Cowell is the Director General of Historic Houses, which represents 1,500 independently owned country houses across the UK, many of them venues for weddings. Before he joined Historic Houses, Ben worked variously for the National Trust, English Heritage, and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

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What About Weddings?

Catch up with the people behind the #whataboutweddings campaign where they will be discussing lessons learnt from the past 12 months and what opening up means for them.

Panel Guests: Tamryn Settle, Annabel Beeforth, Jessie Westwood from the #whataboutweddingscampaign

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What about weddings?

Jessie Westwood, Studio Sorores

Jessie Westwood is Director of Studio Sorores Ltd and has run her own high-end national wedding and event design, planning, production and floristry business for over 10 years.

She is also a thought-leading expert in PR, marketing and communications; advising leaders, CEO’s, the board of directors and businesses across creative and professional sectors globally.

A specialist in branding, storytelling, SEO and strategic growth, Jessie continues to offer independent and freelance consultancy, having previously spent many years working in house and through agencies for the corporate sector and graduating in law at City University in London.

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What about weddings?

Annabel Beeforth

Annabel Beeforth is the Founder of Love My Dress®, a heart-led wedding media platform and directory, established in 2009.

She is also co-Founder of and Campaign Manager at What About Weddings, a community for the wedding industry that has been lobbying for support and awareness since the start of the lockdown.

Annabel lives in rural North Yorkshire with her husband, two daughters and three dogs

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What about weddings?

Tamryn Settle

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What about weddings?

Emma Hardcastle, Hostology

Prior to Hostology, Emma conceived, developed and successfully launched several business platforms (SaaS) and innovative consumer services. She fulfilled senior roles at major publishing and digital brands Macmillan Publishers, AOL and Science Navigation Group, and steered innovative Startups Production Wizard, Screen Library and Pocket Issue.

During the pandemic, Emma and the Hostology Team have doubled down to focus on hosting 23 well-attended sessions through the Hostology COLLECTIVE to help venues navigate finding financial support, legal, HR and marketing advice.

The team work closely with the WVSG, ABWB and are involved with the UK Wedding Task Force. All this, alongside delivering important improvements to the platform for 2021!

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With thanks to our sponsors: Weatherby’s Hamilton

Weatherbys Hamilton specialises in providing insurance to estate owners, from houses to horses, cars to combines, as well as the whole host of commercial activities that often take place on their properties. We provide an expert personal service, with each of our partners taking responsibility for all aspects of their clients’ insurances, and are ready to help at any time from our seven offices across the country.

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With thanks to our sponsors: Aon

From castle to cottages, Aon help ensure that your assets are protected. Aon’s Private Client Estates Team look after some of the UK’s largest estates and historic properties, as well as working with smaller country houses and farms.

Aon understand that no estate is the same, so your insurance arrangements need to be equally unique.

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With thanks to our sponsors: Gusto

Gusto’s Super DC immune support drinks are created with an adult audience in mind to help support a healthy immune function all year round. High in Vitamins D & C (hence the name), Zinc, Vitamin A, K and Folic acid, these delicious cans of plant-based goodness are high in antioxidants and deliver a taste explosion that we naturally associate with wellbeing.

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With thanks to our sponsors: Pitchup

Pitchup.com is a booking platform for over 4,000 campsites worldwide, including around 800 farms and hundreds of show and event venues.

Last year landowners earned up to £7,000 per day by opening a temporary campsite during the holiday season and one Cumbrian country estate has had £26,000 of bookings already this year.

With new regulations enabling land-based businesses in England to operate a campsite without planning permission for 56 days now extended to at least 31st December 2021, there’s never been a better time to take advantage of the growing trend for staycations.

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With thanks to our partners: Coco Wedding Venues 

Coco Wedding Venues is the leading directory of wedding venues for UK couples.

For all things venue related and actionable planning advice, head over to their website!

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With thanks to our partners: Kelly Chandler Consulting 

Kelly Chandler is the founder and chief consultant & trainer at Kelly Chandler Wedding Consulting. Dedicated to helping unique locations to thrive in the modern wedding market,  ownership and wedding planning teams to surpass customer expectation, grow sales and wedding bookings,  often preserving heritage alongside.

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“Hostology brings everything in to one place, increasing the efficiency of our event managers, while at the same time creating a great platform for our customers to use.”

Harry & Georgina Dearden, Pennard House

“We now spend much more time with each client, meaning we can offer an even more personal service. This is what we have been waiting for since we opened in 2010.”

Phil and Susie Godsal, Iscoyd Park

“Hostology has carefully thought through how a tech solution can not only make the event management process smoother, saving in time and admin, but can also provide an enjoyable work flow for the client.”

Joshua Dugdale, Wasing Park

“The systemising, streamlining and efficiencies are a game changer for our business and equally will make planning the wedding logistics less ‘dry’ for our couples and their guests – it is a win, win, win!”

Jane Robinson & Samantha Vaughan, Dewsall Court

“Hostology is a fantastic platform that brings the many elements of organising bespoke events under one roof. It has transformed the organisation of our business, saved many staff hours and made us far more efficient.”

Phil and Susie Godsal, Iscoyd Park

“We extensively researched the market to find a software platform that fulfils all the needs we have when arranging events and liaising with customers. Hostology does and is going to massively streamline our business.”

Harry & Georgina Dearden, Pennard House